Sweet Home Alabama [Original Soundtrack]

Sweet Home Alabama [Original Soundtrack]

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In the romantic comedy Sweet Home Alabama, the adorable Reese Witherspoon plays Melanie, a New York City socialite who returns to her humble southern roots to finalize her divorce so she can remarry. Equally adorable is the film's soundtrack, which reflects Melanie's white-trash roots and city-slicker present with a tasty selection of rock, pop, and country…  See more details below

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In the romantic comedy Sweet Home Alabama, the adorable Reese Witherspoon plays Melanie, a New York City socialite who returns to her humble southern roots to finalize her divorce so she can remarry. Equally adorable is the film's soundtrack, which reflects Melanie's white-trash roots and city-slicker present with a tasty selection of rock, pop, and country songs. Bridging the two worlds, acoustic folkie Jewel rocks out on a soulful and twangy version of the Lynyrd Skynyrd warhorse that gives the movie its name. Elsewhere, SheDaisy pour their harmonies into the country-pop of "Mine All Mine," and the Calling stomp out a straightforward take on the Georgia Satellites' barroom blues-rock classic "Keep Your Hands to Yourself." Sheryl Crow yodels her way through Hank Williams's "Long Gone Lonesome Blues" and Dolly Parton contributes the bluegrass rave-up "Marry Me." Surprisingly, Kid Rock running buddy Uncle Kracker makes an easy home here with a remix of "To Think I Used to Love You" (from his disc No Stranger to Shame) that features a mellow mix of hip-hop beats and twangy banjo. Also sweetening the mix are tracks from alt-country poster boy Ryan Adams, blues-rocker Shannon McNally, and MTV's 2002 "It Girl," Avril Lavigne, with the "Complicated"-reminiscent "Falling Down." With a collection of songs as endearing as the film's star, Sweet Home Alabama is sure to find favor on both sides of the Mason-Dixon line.

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
The mildly entertaining romantic comedy Sweet Home Alabama features an equally take-it-or-leave-it soundtrack that mixes country, rock, and pop and excerpts of George Fenton's score. Despite the cognitive dissonance that Jewel's glossy cover of Skynryd's title track causes, it's actually not a bad reworking of the Southern rock classic into an adult alternative single. Most of the album features winsome, perky, or feisty music by female artists, such SHeDAISY's "Mine All Mine" and Avril Lavigne's "Falling Down," who sound so similar to each other that it's hard to believe one song is considered contemporary country and the other alternative-leaning teen pop. In fact, aside from Dolly Parton's "Marry Me," the most country-sounding tracks on the album are Sheryl Crow's "Long Gone Lonesome Blues" and Uncle Kracker's "To Think I Used to Love You (DJ Homicide Remix)." A flat version of "Keep Your Hands to Yourself" by the Calling and the Freestylers' out-of-place big-beat number "Weekend Song" are a couple of the misguided attempts at making the track listing diverse, but the album just ends up unfocused. Of course, Sweet Home Alabama will please anyone who liked the music in the movie, but the soundtrack really isn't successful on any other terms.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/24/2002
Label:
Hollywood Records
UPC:
0720616236425
catalogNumber:
162364

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Technical Credits

Sheryl Crow   Producer
Steve Buckingham   Producer
George Fenton   Producer
Dann Huff   Producer
Ethan Johns   Producer
Brian Malouf   Producer
Linda Perry   Producer
Andrew Slater   Producer
C.J. Vancston   Producer
Dawn Solér   Executive Producer
Mitchell Leib   Executive Producer
Laura Wasserman   Executive Producer
Freestylers   Producer
Antonina Armato   Producer
Mike Bradford   Producer
SHeDAISY   Producer
Dave Snow   Art Direction
Uncle Kracker   Producer

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Sweet Home Alabama 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw it, and it was wonderful! I was laughing so hard! The newspaper critics said it was bad--what do they know! This is a must see movie!
Guest More than 1 year ago
AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!You go kelly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw this flick and i loved it....was laughing thru the whole movie...and Josh Lucas is divine.....go see it...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great movie with great songs. I loved the movie- I was laughing the whole time- as soon as it comes out I'm buying it! Everyone who hasn't seen the movie should and in case you have- go see it again! You'll want to clap and sing along to the songs (even in a movie theatre filled with people) one you've seen it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Up front let me tell you I did not and will not see the movie, unlike most reviewers I picked this one up for the music. I am a great fan of Jewel and just had to own her rendition of SHA. On that she is a perfect choice, just edgey enough and just "southern" enough. The distorted (like an old AM radio, or telephone line) vocal echoes work here (the latest fad-sound it seems). They even work on Avril Lavigne's great (shudda been on her debut CD) "Falling Down." If you are a card-carrying member of Team-Avril, you WILL want to own this one. Avril gets busy with sublime vocals; those of a singer of twice her experience. Then, well the brilliance goes just a half step down for me from here. "Now that I know" is a very cool cut. "Hands to Yourself," is competant, but no slammer. The Dolly Parton bluegrass-laden track is well just tooooo acoustic to fit in well. And the SHA 'suite' that closes this sonic volume is a let-down, even if essential to the flick. All else is somewhere between the above two smashes and the dull coda. This CD is prime for anyone who likes both Jewel and Avril (dat's me!), and doesn't mind a mixed bag along for the ride!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow! That's all I have to say. I love "Falling Down" by rockin' Miss Avril. You go girl! It was even better than "Complicated". The rest of the songs are good too. If you love the movie, you'll love the soundtrack.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This soundtrack brings you right back to the wonderful movie. These cute and sassy songs will be leaving you singing them all day and putting you right back in front of the movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
avril lavigne rocks she the best singer on this earth i love her sooooooooooooooooo much im so obbsessed
Guest More than 1 year ago
the only ok songs were tracks 1 & 2 and they weren't even all that great. the movie is much better. most of the music on this cd is just not going to cut it for most teens.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just adore Reese Witherspoon and this movie is adorable! I didn't know what to expect when I first listened to this soundtrack, because to perfectly honest I didn't remember any music from the movie except for the title track of course. This is a great collection though of classic folk, rock and country tunes with a twist of modern flare. This modern roots-music is really enjoyable. Jewel and Sheryl Crow are two of my favorite female singers and their work on this is great! If you loved the movie, the soundtrack is definitely worth your while.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i loved the sound track.but the movie was even better.i loved the song sweet home alabama and also falling down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think the Movie is one of the best movies- because I am a sucker for Romantic Comedies. I just like to laugh and cry, that makes a good movie. So I had to buy the soundtrack to it, and I love every song. I listen to it all the time!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love sweet home alabama because Reese Witherspoon rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and its my 2nd favorit movie!!!!!!!!!!!I love Reese Witherspoon
Guest More than 1 year ago
i really like the Jason Chain song, "You Got Me" but he doesn't seem to have anything else out there on the market...hmmm. Well, 'course I loved the movie, and most of the music's good, but not amazing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Im sorry, but, I think teenagers should love it. I am a teenager, and, lemme tell ya, the Lynard Skynard version of sweet home alabama is way better. All the songs are great.So, i recomend it to teenagers yall!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My 12 year-old daughter and I both love this album. It's lots of fun like the movie and has a great variety. Too bad it doesn't have the original Skynyrd version of "Sweet Home Alabama" - which I find to be blatantly ironic - but otherwise it's great!